How to charge the iPhone 4S when staying in Gabon

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge the iPhone 4S with a Gabonese power outlet.

Gabonese power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 4S in Gabon. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4S when you're visiting abroad.When visiting Gabon the following instructions show charging your iPhone 4S using their 220 volt 50Hz C Type power outlet, the Gabonese will use Europlugs for wall outlets. Most power supplies are different from country to country so please read the WikiConnections world power supplies page for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Gabon from another country please ensure the iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 4S came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure the iPhone 4S is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Gabon

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Gabon?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Gabonese power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4S in Gabon?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Gabon is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual travel adapters on your trip to Gabon. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Gabon.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Gabon.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4S in Gabon?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Gabonese power outlet

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 4S from a Gabonese power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 4S using a Gabonese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Gabonese power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Gabonese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabon - Gabonese Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters